Cutting Edge King’s Indian Defense – GM Robin van Kampen

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Cutting Edge King's Indian Defense - Gm Robin Van Kampen

The Cutting Edge King’s Indian Defense – GM Robin van Kampen

Cutting Edge King's Indian Defense - Gm Robin Van Kampen

A comprehensive guide to modern King’s Indian Defense theory! Rising Dutch star GM Robin van Kampen will teach you everything he knows about this dynamic defense against 1.d4.

Gain a deep understanding of the King’s Indian Defence and be prepared for all the critical lines.

In this terrific DVD, GM Robin van Kampen shows us all about the most aggressive response against white’s 1. d4 opening. It is the ultra-aggressive King’s Indian Defense.

This opening starts off with the series of moves 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 0-0 and is considered one of the most challenging responses to 1. d4.

Usually white wants to play a quiet, positional game when playing 1. d4 but this opening quickly takes the game into attacking waters with little chance for white to slow the game down. Especially if he is not prepared to face this opening, it will give him plenty of problems.

About the Author:

Robin van Kampen is a Dutch chess grandmaster. He won the Dutch U20 Championship at the age of 14. He was able to accomplish his GM title at the age of 16 years, 8 months and 17 days. Van Kampen represented the Netherlands at the 2013 European Team Chess Championship, and at the 41st and 42nd Chess Olympiad.

In 2010, he made his debut at the traditional Wijk aan Zee Tournament in the Grandmaster Group C, in this tournament, He shared 3rd–4th place with Daniele Vocaturo. In 2012, he shared 1st place with Hrant Melkumyan in the London Chess Classic FIDE Open.

In 2013, he was able to obtain the second place in the N1 Reykjavik Open, scoring half point behind Li Chao. That year he also tied for first in the Basel Chess Festival and Riga Technical University Open.

In 2015, van Kampen obtained the fourth place in the Challengers group of the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, behind Wei Yi, David Navara and Sam Shankland.

How is this course going to help me?

This DVD is very a well-produced resource to study the King’s Indian Defense theory, and the opening is very well explained by the black side. Robin shows the viewer all of the different variations and move orders that both sides can play. He has a very nice speaking tone and is very easy to understand.

You’ll be learning all about this counter-attack opening and how you can crush white in many of the lines. It is an opening that is used by many of the top Grandmasters nowadays and is held in high esteem by them.

Here some of the lessons you’ll find in this course:

The Bayonet Attack

Cutting Edge King's Indian Defense - Gm Robin Van Kampen

The Bayonet Attack with 9.b4, against the King’s Indian Defense, has been considered for many years the main continuation and possibly black’s biggest problem in the whole Mar del Plata variation.

GM Robin Van Kampen will show you how to face this very sharp variation with the black pieces so that you can be fully prepared to respond White’s rapid queenside attack.

The Petrosian Variation

Petrosian System against the King’s Indian Defense comes up after the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 e5 7.d5, after this move black has tried different moves, 7…Na6, 7…c5, 7…Nbd7 but neither of them have managed to bring an improvement to the main move 7…a5! To which white responds with 8.Bg5.

Learn more about the opening that your opponent will know and you will be better prepared to launch quick attacks and crush them in the middlegame!

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6 hours 44 minutes


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Chapter List

Chapter Outline:

1. Cutting Edge KID
2. Classical KID 10.Be3, 11.f3 and 12.Bf2 with 14.Nb5
3. Classical KID Be3, f3, Bf2 with 14.c5
4. Classical KID Be3, f3, Bf2 with 13.a4
5. Classical KID Be3, f3, Bf2 with 13.Nd3
6. Classical KID – f3 and g4
7. Classical KID Be3, f3, Bf2, and g4
8. Bayonet Attack with 9…a5 bxa5
9. Bayonet Attack a5 Ba3
10. Classical KID 9.Nd2
11. Classical KID f3 Nd3 and Bd2
12. Classical KID Sidelines
13. Classical KID Delayed Exchange
14. Petrosian Variation
15. Exchange Variation
16. 7.Be3 Ng4 with 9.Bc1 and 11.dxe5
17. 7.Be3 Ng4 with 11.d5 and h3
18. 7.Be3 Ng4 11.c5
19. Be2-Bg5 Averbakh Variation
20. 5.h3 and 6.Bg5
21. KID h3 Nf3
22. Four Pawns Attack
23. Saemisch introduction and 6.Be3,dxc5
24. Saemisch Be3 c5 Nge2
25. Saemisch 6.Bg5 and 6.Nge2
26. Fianchetto / Panno – Intro and 8.d5
27. KID Panno, 8.b3
28. Fianchetto / Panno 8.Qd3 and 8.h3
29. Fianchetto / Panno 8.Bf4 and 8.e4
30. Sidelines: Bf4 and Bg5 without e4
31. Torre system and 3.Nc3
32. Sidelines: The London System 3.Bf4
33. Sidelines: g3 without c4
34. Last words of wisdom